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Cedar Creek Park

3340 Merrick Rd. Seaford, NY 516-571-7470

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Type: Biking trail, Walking, Running, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis/Racquetball, Soccer, Roller rinks, Inline skating, County park, Radio-controlled airplanes, Performing Arts Center Price:

Free

Special features: Baseball field, Outdoors, Tennis courts, Playground, Basketball courts, Hills, Biking, Softball field, Dog runs/walks Description:

What you'll find: The 259 acre park has nine fields. It has eight tennis courts (fee), eight handball/ paddleball courts, two basketball courts, two softball fields and four soccer fields (fee, permit)

Not only are there spacious fields to practice sports, but the park has various paths meant for running, walking or biking. The park has 1.5-mile and 1-mile paths along with a bicycle path that stretches to Jones Beach. It also features gazebos and barbecue areas with easily accessible restrooms close to each field.
 
As long as visitors bring their own equipment, they can practice archery. Also, a roller rink is open year-round and during the winter, visitors can use the large hills to sled down. Two fairly large playgrounds will keep the kids busy. And, of course, the dog park is an added feature.  

For the dogs: This well-kept Nassau County park has side-by-side fenced areas for small and large dogs. It's small enough for owners to all know each other. The entire park offers loads of other amenities, but dogs are not allowed in any county parks, preserves or facilities. In terms of cons, there's little natural shade and in terms of room to roam and sprint, these runs are on the small side.

Something different: There is an available archery range and secluded aerodrome field designed for radio-controlled model airplanes. But just so you know, an "Academy of Model Aeronautics" card is required for a permit. The park's tether-car race track allows $500 to $2,000 cars to race at speeds of up to 200 mph. But this area is currently closed for maintenance.
 
Five airplanes are allowed up in the air at a time, but each plane is allotted 15 minutes of flying time in order to give others a chance. The two men explained that few members design their own planes, so most buy a model that is ready for take off. And they are always looking for more members. There's a Take Off and Grow introductory pilot program for children. But don't worry, an experienced instructor is able to discontinue use if a child is not using a plane correctly.
Hours:

Dawn-dusk, weather permitting.

Season:

All year.

Parking:

plenty

Requirements/restrictions:

Special permit required for alcohol beverages, permits required to use most fields

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